AFOLguy1970

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  • Birthday 06/01/1970

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  1. AFOLguy1970

    [MOC] BRICKS & BLOOMS - GARDEN CENTRE

    Thank you for not making me be the first one to say that! If this had been the modular this year, I would be setting aside the $200 without question. Alas, they are probably finalizing a burnt out warehouse for us with a daycare on the second level and a bail bonds office on the third level. As always, excellent work on the MOC. I like the color scheme, and there are lots of fun details like the textured roof, the ivy effect, and the 90 degree windows that project out on the highest level. Even the back looks awesome! Easily supported and best of luck!
  2. AFOLguy1970

    Lego City 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    For Fun at the Fairground, I would expect the ubiquitous hot dog bun and sausage to make its appearance in addition to cotton candy. I would expect the builds to be some of the carnival games such as the mallet and bell, a throwing booth, maybe a ring toss, and the like. In fact, anyone familiar with the Lego Chase McCain undercover video game would find some stuff like that in the Apollo Island section of the video game.
  3. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I see some BB's listed on Bricklink close to retail. There are not many, but they are there for now.
  4. AFOLguy1970

    10264 Corner Garage

    If you get there before the store opens, you have a decent chance of picking it up. Make sure you go straight to the item(s) you are after. Usually, they offer to hold stuff at the counter for me if I want to look around a little bit more.
  5. AFOLguy1970

    10264 Corner Garage

    There seem to be two groups that might give TLG concern: the unwilling and the unable. You have people who clearly think CG is a turn in the wrong direction, whether it be design, price, or both. Then you have the people who love it, but cannot afford the significant price increase. Opinions on this set vary widely, much more than even DD last year. Of course you will have the day 1 buyers out there ready to scoop it up. In previous years, I have certainly been there . Probably by later in the month there will be a better indication of how well received this really is. Those who visit Lego fan sites represent a tiny fraction of buyers, so it will be interesting to see how everyone else views it. Even if they like the design, are they willing to spend $200 on it? For example, I really like the roller coaster, but there is no way I am going to give up some of my summer vacation money for it. So I guess we will eventually find out how successful CG is compared to others.
  6. AFOLguy1970

    10264 Corner Garage

    This. I have been into modulars since FB was on the shelves. Of the ones released since then, there were only two I did not buy, so I have been impressed with the majority of them. I did not buy TH because I could not afford it at the time and did not realize it would retire "out of order". I also never got around to getting DO. It just never felt like something I just had to get. CG will be my third pass. I have to shake my head every time someone simply cannot believe that a Lego fan might not like a modular. And no matter what, their reasons liking it or not liking it is valid, because we all see things differently and have different tastes. Absolutely no problem until someone thinks we do not have a right to an opinion simply because it does not match theirs. Then we get accused of whining, complaining, having too high of an expectation, etc. But yes, what you said probably states it more eloquently than I could.
  7. AFOLguy1970

    10264 Corner Garage

    It is likely dark orange will be in greater supply on Bricklink because it is in production again for CG. Also, it might be a good idea to check Bricks and Pieces on the S&H site to see if it makes it in their inventory.
  8. AFOLguy1970

    10264 Corner Garage

    Well, after sleeping over it, I am fairly unchanged in my opinion of it. It is going to be a pass for me. a With that said, I am happy for those who do like the building and hope you enjoy the building and display experience. I think it is two things in particular that are putting me off: the architecture and the price. I do give the designer credit for rendering a fairly accurate representation of this type of architecture. It's not you, it's me. I am a Baroque, Classical, Neoclassical, Victorian, Romanesque, Richardsonian Romanesque, Art Deco etc. kind of guy. I do not like most forms of modern architecture. I find it ugly and plain. When travelling abroad, I look forward to the architecture, especially the kind found in Europe. I always hate coming home to cookie cutter neighborhoods, strip malls, and uninspiring garages among other things. So, it is basically the combination of what I find to be uninspiring architecture at a high price tag that has me thankful that I am not a completionist right now when it comes to the modulars. It is going to be a long wait until next year.
  9. AFOLguy1970

    10264 Corner Garage

    This is a very interesting City set. Now I am waiting with bated breath for news of the modular release. Hoo boy. Count me in with those who just are not feeling it. I am still trying to place exactly what it is that is bothering me. Is it the overpowering orange? Perhaps the unattractive architecture? Could it be the significant price bump? And "bump" is being generous. Maybe it is the fact that over half of the baseplate is not even devoted to the building. Every time the modular is released, I marvel at the new techniques. I did not feel that this time. Not to say there are not new parts and new builds, but as someone pointed out, I feel like I have seen this before in MOCs. Well, the good news is that I dont have any particular reason to get to the Lego Store before it opens on January 1. -meh-
  10. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Someone on Brickset is suggesting it will be $199.99. That seems like quite a bit of price creep going on. It seems significantly higher than the rate of inflation. If this is a gas station, auto shop, vet, and an apartment, it is going to be challenging to get them all into a corner build. I believe this will be the first living quarters on a corner plot? Looking forward to the reveal tomorrow, hopefully with some good photos.
  11. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Agree that it seems unlikely that Art Deco would be presented two consecutive years. It has always been something completely different from one year to another. Also, we did get a car last year, so it does seem strange they would go that route again so soon. Most of the auto garages I imagine are rather unattractive and bland in architecture on the outside. To me, the exterior detail is the most important aspect of a modular. If the focus goes to the interior, then it may be a pass for me. This is not to say that a mechanic's garage could not be done right, but it would be challenging. Now, if you put a Route 66 sign on the thing, that would incur some incredible bonus points......although I doubt they would present two buildings in a row that would be identified as Americana. With the rumor of putting a vet on the second floor, that does seem a little bit dark to me, because it could imply the animal(s) got hit by the vehicles for the storyline. Then again, it will be funny when the announcement comes out, and it is neither a garage, a hotel, a police station, nor a musical venue.
  12. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I am honestly surprised it would not be in the calendar. Having it there gives it exposure, in fact a lot more exposure than just the announcement would. If you announce it on December 3 and leave it out of the January calendar, then only a relatively small population will even be aware of its existence. Sure, EB and other places where fans know to look will have the announcement, but most casual shoppers will miss it if it is not in the calendar. This is given out at the Lego Store for purchases as well as being made available online. To my knowledge, they have not ever have been so secretive about a modular. December 3 seems kind of odd, because they either have to omit it from the calendar altogether, which is now a possibility, or the calendar would require a delayed release to the 3rd in order to include the modular, or you have the unlikely possibility that the calendar goes online Dec 1 and ends up becoming an "official" leak two days before the announcement. Seriously, I do not see what would be so bad about announcing it between today and Friday.
  13. AFOLguy1970

    The Best and Worst of 2018

    Best Theme: Creator Expert Best Minifigure/Figure: The log disguise guy in Mountain Police Headquarters, honorable mention to the bellhop in Capital City Best Set: Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown Worst Theme: DC Superheroes Worst Minifigure/Figure: cannot think of a standout here Worst Set: Star Wars Advent Calendar Most Anticipated for 2019: as of 25 Nov, the unnamed modular for 2019
  14. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Not that I would mind a police station, but fully agree that it could be disappointing if it is too predictable (tied in with a donut shop), or worse, they give it the City treatment by devoting a bunch of parts to a breakaway wall. I dont see how a police station would be "musical". They would be hard pressed to fit all of the necessary components of a police station (check in area, jail, desks, lobby) and add a donut shop onto a corner building. It would be too much like the BB. While I would hope for a classical concert venue, I could see the possibility of it being a disco sort of thing. The light brick would obviously be associated with a strobe ball, and Lego has made minifigs that are suitable for a disco theme. Like a concert hall, this too would require space for a dance floor. If this is to be a corner building, that should take up most of the space on the ground floor. Presumably, the next layer would be hollow or mostly hollow to allow for the strobe ball to be placed. I do not see the strobe being on the ground floor, thus necessitating the dance chamber extending into upper floors. Again, you could devote a lot of parts to the exterior for detail. Yet, I do not know of any disco venues that have an exterior wow factor. If they go that route and make a modern building with a disco, this could potentially save me a lot of money.
  15. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    If a musical theme is involved, that certainly is interesting given that last year contained a recording studio while the year before that had a music shop. I would love to see a performance venue of some kind. I could see it having some type of lobby, a balcony, and the main space. Technically, you would only need two floors, and the balcony floor would not place a high demand for parts on the interior, at least at that level. By only having two floors and an interior that does not need a whole lot of parts, they could make an extravagant exterior with the parts budget. It would be the perfect time and place for an Art Nouveau as some have suggested. Funny thing is that I ordered 4 custom violins to make a quartet since Lego itself has yet to come out with anything in the violin family. I could not imagine a classic symphony full of guitars, bugles, and saxophones. Whatever it truly is, we should know soon.